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For Immediate Release                         
July 15, 2005                                                                                             
Speaker Appoints Members of Select Committee to Protect Private Property Rights
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida House Speaker Allan Bense today finalized the appointees to the House Select Committee to Protect Private Property Rights.
“The right to own property is one of the most basic rights we enjoy as Americans,” said Speaker Bense. “Unfortunately, due to the recent United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Kelo v. City of New London, there is concern that this most fundamental freedom may be in jeopardy.
“However, the Court did recognize that state legislatures can and should set clear guidelines for when eminent domain is acceptable. Therefore, the Florida House will take the appropriate steps to ensure that, in Florida, eminent domain is only asserted in situations where the public necessity and the public benefit are very clear.”
The Chairman of the committee will be Rep. Marco Rubio, and the other members of the committee include Reps. Dean Cannon, Greg Evers, Anitere Flores, Ron Greenstein, Denise Grimsley, Arthenia Joyner, Jeff Kottkamp, Dick Kravitz, Ralph Poppell, Jack Seiler, Dwight Stansel, and Anthony Trey Traviesa. 

Ed. note: e-mail your Rep here: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx

The committee is charged with reviewing Florida’s Constitution, statutes, case law and any other relevant rules or ordinances in order to recommend necessary action. Meeting times, locations and other details will be announced as they are finalized.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: PLEASE CONTACT THE ABOVE NAMED REPRESENTATIVES AT http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx  AND TELL THEM TO VOTE IN OUR INTEREST!]



Speaker Appointing Select Committee to Protect Private Property Rights
Statement by Speaker Bense regarding Supreme Court Decision 

For Immediate Release Contact: Towson Fraser 
JUNE 24, 2005 (850) 488-1450

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – “I am extremely concerned by the United States Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday in the case of Kelo v. City of New London,” said Florida House Speaker Allan Bense. “Private property rights are a fundamental principle upon which our nation was founded, and government should only be allowed to deny a United States citizen those most basic rights under the most extraordinary circumstances.

“Ordinarily, we expect eminent domain to be asserted only in situations with a clear public necessity and clear public benefit. When it is used in a situation involving private companies, with an inherent profit motive, people should be extremely skeptical and in a situation such as the one in Connecticut their outrage is understandable.

“Fortunately, the court’s majority opinion did recognize that state legislatures could and should clearly set parameters for when the assertion of eminent domain was appropriate. 

“Therefore, in an effort to make sure the private property rights of Florida citizens are protected, I am immediately appointing a select committee of the Florida House of Representatives, with Rep. Marco Rubio as its chairman, to review Florida’s Constitution as well as relevant statutes, rules and ordinances. Their task will be to identify any areas of ambiguity and recommend appropriate changes to make sure the unfortunate situation we’ve seen in Connecticut is not repeated in the state of Florida.”


Read the new proposed Bill here:

Here is the actual wording of the proposed Bill HJR 31 here (.pdf):


Homestead Ad Valorem Tax Assessment Constitutional Amendment - Less Than 'Just Value'

The Florida House of Representatives are attempting to control ad valorem property taxes when you sell and then purchase a new home...

The following statement is attempting to be placed on the ballot:


HJR 0033 - HOMESTEAD PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS.--Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to provide for assessing at less than just value property purchased within one year after a sale of homestead property and established as new homestead property, limited by the difference between the new homestead property's just value and its assessed value in the first year the homestead is established not exceeding the difference between the previous homestead's just value and its assessed value in the year of sale and the new homestead property's assessed value equaling or exceeding the old homestead property's assessed value.

Read the new proposed Bill here: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/bills_detail.aspx?Id=17835&

Read the full text of the proposed bill here (.pdf): http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/loadDoc.aspx?FileName=_h0033__.doc&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0033&Session=2006  

E-mail your Representative here: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx

We at Florida homestead Services urge everyone to support these bills and to contact their Representatives immediately.  


Florida House of Representatives
Carl Domino
Representative Carl J. Domino
Majority Whip
District 83
HJR 33

 August 30, 2005

It has been a great two weeks for our "Save Our Home Portability" bill, and I would like to update you on our efforts:
  • I have met with reporters from the Orlando Sentinel and the Sun-Sentinel. I explained our bill to them.
  • I traveled to Orlando and addressed a working committee of Florida Association of Realtors (FAR). FAR understands and concurs, that a problem does exist.
  • Working realtors and citizens continue to contact our office offering their support and assistance to ensure a successful passage of this legislation.
  • The re-sale of houses in Broward County has dropped down sharply, from a year ago.
  • Lori Parrish, appraiser for Broward County, is going to contact Senator Geller (who has opposed and voted against this bill) to urge him to reconsider and lend his support.
  • The Daytona newspaper has run an article on HJR 33.
  • Representatives: Hasner, Goldstein and Altman have already signed on as co-sponsors.

    September Update 

    This is a third update in a series of e-mail blasts to keep you informed on the progress of my bill to eliminate the moving penalty. At the bottom of this e-mail you will find information on how you can get involved to help move this legislation forward. In my last update I informed you of efforts taken over the past several weeks, to advance this bill. One of our activities was meeting with the Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) during their annual convention in Orlando

    I am happy to report, that FAR has made a commitment to perform an extensive study on this issue and produce a report by January 2006.This is good news for all of us, as we will have solid and documented evidence to refute the claims of the bureaucrats and liberals who assert that this proposal will cost local governments tax dollars. From the very beginning I have stated that "this proposal will not decrease the property tax base one penny!  In fact, I am confident that the FAR study will confirm that this legislation will have a positive impact on revenues.

    I am honored to have your support on this very important legislation. Also, I would like to say that you are not alone in supporting this bill. Not a day goes by that we do not have new people rallying to the cause and offering their assistance. Recently I had the opportunity to meet with the author of the original "Save Our Homes Constitutional Initiative", Lee County Property Appraiser, Ken Wilkinson. I am grateful to have Mr.. Wilkinson's support and assistance to get this legislation passed. As you will see in this article (segments below taken from the Ft. Myers News Press), Mr.. Wilkinson is excited about coming on board and assisting our efforts to eliminate this unfair tax, which was an unintended consequence of the original "Save Our Homes."

     PUBLISHED: September 5, 2005:

    "Truth-in Millage" (TRIM) notices mailed out to all property owners last month clearly illustrate the sizable property tax savings that many homeowners presently enjoy. That savings, limiting annual tax increases to 3 percent on homesteaded property, came about as a result of a constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in 1992.

    The amendment, known as Save Our Homes, or SOH, was a result of a Herculean effort by Kenneth M. Wilkinson, our Lee Country property appraiser. Wilkinson authored the amendment and organized the effort to collect more than 500,000 signatures statewide so the amendment could go on the ballot.

    Now, 13 years later, Wilkinson is at it again with a new campaign to allow "portability," the transference of SOH property tax deductions to a newly purchased dwelling. Some of the accumulated annual tax savings, per individual family, are currently well in excess of several thousand dollars.

    “…What a difference 10 years has made. No one could have predicted Florida 's population boom or the enormous escalation in home prices. With new and repeat home buyers paying property taxes on much higher assessed values, tax revenues have soared statewide and, to such an extent in Lee County that our millage rate has remained relatively unchanged.

    All this has created a new problem that Wilkinson now wishes to address. Some homeowners, especially elderly couples, that have seen the value of their houses double or triple in the past 10 years, would like to downsize but are reluctant to sell because they would lose their SOH deductions.”

    “…This time Wilkinson intends to go the legislative route rather than repeat the lengthy petition process that would now require 611,000 valid signatures, representing 8 percent of the voters in the 2004 general election.

    … Since Wilkinson's proposal does have merit, there is a good chance that the required 60 percent of the members of both the House and Senate will vote to place the amendment on the ballot in the 2006 general election.

    … If you have any thoughts on this subject, now is the time to contact your representatives.”


    Thank you Mr. Wilkinson for your support and I look forward to working with you to accomplish this goal.

    I would like to request for each person, who reads this e-mail, to contact one of your friends, neighbors, or business associates, and ask them to write a letter or make a phone call to their state Representative and Senator, requesting them to support my bill. Also, please send us e-mail addresses of anyone who might be interested in supporting our cause.

    This week, House Speaker Allan Bense referred HJR 33 to several committees. It is my hope that this bill will be fully deliberated in the house, but I need your assistance to make this happen. Because the bill is an amendment to the State Constitution, the first committee of reference is the Judiciary Committee. 

    The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. David Simmons, made a commitment to me this week, to hear HJR 33 soon in his committee. I hope you will contact him and thank him for encouraging a debate on this very important issue. Also, I would like to thank Representatives: Altman; Goldstein; Hasner; Rivera; Robaina and Taylor for agreeing to co-sponsor HJR 33.

     Contact information: 

    Rep. David Simmons

    District Office:            (407) 262-7520

    Tallahassee Office:     (850) 488-2231

    Judiciary Committee:  (850) 487-1345     

    Email: david.simmons@myfloridahouse.gov

     Write a letter:            The Honorable David Simmons

                                    Suite 1427

                                    393 Center Pointe Circle

                                    Altamonte Springs , FL 32701-3444

     If you need additional information on HJR 33, or need assistance in writing a letter, please contact my office at (561) 625-5176  

    UPDATE JANUARY 15, 2005

    I am very happy to announce that on January 10th SRJ 138: Relating to Homestead Property/Just Value, the companion Bill to HRS 033:  Relating to Homestead Property Assessments, was passed unanimously by the members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee.

     The Government Efficiency Appropriations Committee is the next stop for SJR 138 in the Senate.  The Chairman of the Government Efficiency Appropriations Committee is Senator Jeffrey “Jeff” Atwater.  Senator Atwater can be reached at his District Office located in North Palm Beach at: 561-625-5101 or atwater.jeff.web@flsenate.gov.  

    In order for HJR 033 to move forward in the House Rep. David Simmons must put HJR 033 on his committee agenda. I spoke to House Representative David Simmons, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and he once again assured me that HJR 033 will be added to his committee agenda. It is imperative that we keep calling and e-mailing Rep. David Simmons to let him know how important this legislation is to the people of this great state. Representative Simmons can be reached in his District Office located in Altamonte Springs at:  407-262-7520 or David.Simmons@myfloridahouse.gov.     

    A recent article on HJR 033 appeared in FrontPageFlorida.com.   I have included a copy of the article below.  I want to personally thank everyone who is working so hard to ensure that this important legislation is passed so that people can live in the home of their dreams.  


    PALM BEACH GARDENS -- In 1992 Florida voters passed an amendment to our State constitution called the Save Our Homes Amendment. It caps property tax increases for Florida residents who homestead their property at 3 percent or the consumer price index, which ever is lower. I like the Save Our Homes Amendment. I believe in it. I believe in what it stands for, but because the real estate market has been so bullish in the past several years, the Save Our Homes Amendment has created some unintended consequences.  

    The way things work right now, people who stay in their current homes will be protected from skyrocketing property taxes (due to the increase in property value), but the minute they move they are hit with a giant tax increase. I call this the moving penalty. I made it my top priority to correct this problem. The legislation I have introduced, HJR 33 is waiting to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee.  

    To put the gravity of the issue in perspective, one only need look at the Senate bill summary of my bill from the 2005 legislative session.  The Senate analyst stated that the average statewide differential between the current (taxable) value of a homesteaded home and the actual assessed value (upon sale) is $39,000.  In seven years that number is expected to be $359,000.  How many people will sell their homes and move if their property taxes will increase four fold?  

    I say a lot less.  And that has certainly contributed to the lack of supply of affordable housing on the market, thus driving demand and compounding the problem.

    With the rapid rise in residential real estate values, many Floridians are unable to consider purchasing a new home. Doing so would subject them to real estate property tax increases beyond their means. HJR 33 will alleviate this problem by allowing the earned "Save our Homes" tax benefit to be transferred, under certain circumstances, to another home of their choosing. Hence, the "moving penalty" would be eliminated.

    Recognizing the frustration of many Floridians who desire to live somewhere else within the state, move to a larger home in order to accommodate a growing family, or in the case of many empty nesters, move to a more manageable, smaller living space, HJR 33 has been embraced by Floridians all over the state. Hundreds of e-mails and phone calls have flooded the State Capital in support of this legislation.   And we already have a bi-partisan coalition of legislators who have signed on as co-sponsors including former Plant City Commissioner, State Rep. Richard "Rich" Glorioso, R-Plant City , and Rep. Ken Sorensen, R-Key Largo, chairman of the powerful Local Government Council.  Local government officials have been some of the most vocal critics of my proposal.  

    I welcome criticism of the bill from any and all interested parties.  This issue is a critical problem for families all across the state and criticism of the idea encourages debate of this very important issue.  

    There are plenty of people who argue that someone's home has appreciated in value then they could afford to pay the greater taxes. This ignores the fact that home values in Florida have appreciated significantly faster than the salaries of many Floridians. Also many of our residents are retired and live on relatively fixed incomes. Many of our public employees such as teachers, firemen and policemen do not get annual pay raises of 15-30 percent and as a result cannot afford to pay the higher taxes.  How many people can say that their salaries increased at more than 20 percent last year?  But local governments continue to complain that they won’t be able to survive without this windfall.  

    Fortunately, the valuation of the property for that purposes can only increase by the lesser of the cost of living index or 3 percent due to Section 4, Article 7 of our State Constitution often known as "Save our Homes." Imagine your anxiety if your property taxes had gone up 30 percent or 40 percent in the last two or three years. Indeed for many residents the taxes would have gone up well over a hundred percent,    if it were not for the constitutional restriction on rising property values. Fortunately, "Save our Homes" has reduced the impact but in effect has locked you in your home since a move to another home would be accompanied by a significant increase in property taxes.  

    Another objection I have heard to my proposal comes from people that simply do not believe in the "Save our Homes" Amendment. This amendment, which was adopted in the early 1990s after a period of similarly high rates of appreciation home values, was designed to acknowledge that people were threatened with losing their homes because of increasing property taxes. It is similar to legislation that has gained favor around the nation, most notably Proposition 13 in California . I believe the "Save our Homes" Amendment is an attractive feature of tax structure and one that creates economic certainty for our populous.  

    The final argument I hear against our legislation is that because of "Save our Homes" commercial and rental property owners are carrying a disproportionate share of the tax base. The assumption is that if there were no "Save our Homes" then taxes would be lower for real estate investors. Real estate investors get significant advantages such as the ability to depreciate their properties and deduct any expenditure they make in the property's operation or maintenance. These tax benefits are not available to someone that owns their own home. The fallacy in the argument, however, is that there is no evidence that tax rates would be lower on such properties if "Save our Homes" did not exist. I have asked a number of city commissioners if they have lowered millage rates in response to the much greater than expected property tax revenue flows and in most instances they have said they have not.  

    It is my experience that government will spend whatever it can spend and rarely finds a rationale those results in lower taxes even though government may have benefited from the present windfall in property appreciation.

    Already our proposal has elicited a thoughtful commentary from people on both sides of the issue.  If this idea is given the proper opportunity for debate, I am confident that most of my fellow legislatures will vote to let our residents live in the house of their choice without a property tax increase.  

    In order for HJR 33 to become law, it must be passed through the state legislature with at least three fifths majority in both the House and the Senate. Then the voters would have a chance to vote on it in the 2006 election.  If passed in the election, the legislature would then be tasked with passing implementing language and our citizens could begin to take advantage of the benefits.  

    In the last legislative session, the bill was hung up in the Finance and Tax Committee in the House.   This year, the House Chairman of the Judiciary Committee David Simmons, R-Longwood, has agreed to hear the bill expeditiously.  This is good news.  I am ready for the debate and thrilled for the opportunity to discuss an issue of such great importance.  I hope the general public will join me in this important conversation.  


    2/13/2006 - I have been informed today, that HJR 33 has been placed on the Judiciary Committee agenda and is schedule to be heard on February 22, 2006. After the Judiciary the bill will have to pass the Local Government Council; Finance & Tax Committee; and Justice Council.


    I would like to thank most sincerely all of the bill supporters for their lobbying efforts in persuading various involved legislators to support this imperative and important legislation. Until now, it has been an uphill battle, however I am confident that with a united team effort, we might accomplish a successful conclusion and have the bill passed.


    As far as the Senate is concerned SB 138 (identical bill) was referred to Community Affairs. SB 138 was placed on the committee agenda and heard by Community Affairs on January 10, 2006.  Community affairs voted unanimously to pass the bill. Currently it is in Government Efficiency Appropriations and we hope it will receive a similar reception.


    All of the above would not have been accomplished without your support in contacting your elected officials urging them to support HJR 33.


    I am listing below the names and contact information for all the members on the House Judiciary Committee. Please feel free to contact them individually and once again voice your support for this important legislation.


    Rep. David Simmons,Chair       david.simmons@myfloridahouse.gov                     (407)262-7520

    Rep. Juan-Carlos PlanasV.Chair jc.planas@muyfloridahouse.gov                          (305)442-6800

    Rep. Kevin Ambler                   Kevin.ambler@myfloridahouse.gov                       (813)558-1333

    Rep. Dennis Baxley                  dennis.baxley@myfloridahouse.gov                       (352)732-1313

    Rep. Fred Brummer                  fred.brummer@myfloridahouse.gov                       407)880-4414

    Rep. Anitere Florers                 anitere.flores@myfloridahouse.gov                        (305)227-7626

    Rep. Dan Gelber                      dan.gelber@myfloridahouse.gov                           (305)531-7831

    Rep. Michael Grant                  Michael.grant@myfloridahouse.gov                       (941)743-2033

    Rep. Jeff Kottkamp                  jeff.kottkamp@myfloridahouse.gov                       (239)344-4900

    Rep. Sheri McInvale                 sheri.mcinvale@myfloridahouse.gov                        (407)317-7797

    Rep. Joe Pickens                      joe.pickens@myfloridahouse.gov                          (386)312-2272

    Rep. Curtis Richardson             curtis.richardson@myfloridahouse.gov                   (850)488-1798

    Rep. Dennis Ross                     dennis.ross@myfloridahouse.gov                          (863)701-1400

    Rep. Jack Seiler                       jack.seiler@myfloridahouse.gov                            (954)786-4848



February 22, 2006 update - HJR 33 was on the Judiciary Committee agenda today. Rep. Domino presented the bill, however the committee run out of time and was unable to adequately deliberate and vote the bill. Chair David Simmons spoke with Rep. Domino and assured him that HJR 33 will be re-scheduled and heard during the next Judiciary Committee agenda. Rep. Domino anticipates that the Judiciary Committee will meet again in approximately two weeks time.

Meanwhile, tomorrow there will be a workshop held during which HJR 33 will be further discussed and compared to other filed comparable bills.

Rep. Domino has had numerous discussions pertaining to HJR 33, with a number of his legislative colleagues, and would like to report that he is gaining overwhelming support for this important legislation.





I would like to inform all the supporters of HJR 33, that yesterday, March 8, 2006, the bill was deliberated and passed the Judiciary Committee, with an overwhelming 10 YES vote.  Three (3) committee members ( Rep. Fred Brummer, Rep. Curtis Richardson and Rep. John Seiler) voted NO. The 10 “YES” votes were very encouraging and necessary for HJR 33 to move forward.


The next stop is the Local Government Council. The Chair is Rep. Ken Sorensen, Vice Chair Julio Robaina and committee members are Representatives: Anderson , Davis Fields, Hays, Meadows, Roberson. Chair Sorensen and Vice Chair Robaina are both co-sponsors of HJR 33 and will work hard to ensure its passage.


We must persevere; keep up the good work; and continue to lobby the members of the Local Government Council, stressing the importance of this legislation and asking for their support. The list and contact information is provided below:


Chair Ken Sorensen                 850-488-9965             ken.sorensen@myfloridahouse.gov

Vice Chair Julio Robaina           850-488-6506             julio.robaina@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Tom Anderson                 850-488-8528             tom.anderson@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Don Davis                        850-488-0001             don.davis@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Terry Fields                      850-488-6893            terry.fields@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Alan Hayes                      850-488-0348             alan.hays@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Matt Meadows                850-488-8234             matt.meadows@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Yolly Roberson                850-488-7088             yolly.roberson@myfloridahouse.gov


Once again, a friendly, positive e-mail or phone call would be extremely helpful. All of your efforts of support in the past have so far paid off. Let us continue with a united team spirit to ensure a successful conclusion and passage of this legislation, for the benefit of all homestead homeowners of Florida .


Once again thank you.


Rep. Carl J. Domino

Majority Whip

District 83




In an effort to de-rail "Save Our Home"  FULL  portability, the Finance & Tax Committee passed PCB FT 06-08, and HJR 353 :Relating to Increased Homestead Exemption which is sponsored by Rep. Lopez-Cantera. These bills limit portability and in their present format, would end "Save Our Homes" as we know it today. Portability will be limited to only $100,000 and restricted to home sales within the same county. I have not finished fighting for FULL portability! I think capping future SOH benefits at $100,000 will severely impact, in a negative fashion, not only homesteads but the vibrancy of the Real Estate Market. 

However, this PCB (Proposed Committee Bill) includes an increase in the Homestead exemption to $50,000. But other portions of this bill will cause one of the largest tax increases in the history of Florida . In order to make this bill more acceptable and fair to homestead Floridians, during the debate, I sponsored a number of amendments. Each of my amendments did not receive sufficient support from some of the committee members, and subsequently failed. However, I would like to give special thanks to Reps; Field; Carrol and Gottleib, who made an effort to improve the language and criteria of this bill.

The following committee members , Reps. Brummer; Stargel; Brown; Carrol; and Quinones,  voted against full portability and supported PCB FT 06-07 in its present form, which in effect will end the "Save Our Homes" legislation which the citizens of Florida supported and voted on in  1992. Reps. Domino; Gottlieb; and Fields, voted against this bill and what could become the largest tax increase in the history of Florida .In conclusion, I would like to state that all is NOT LOST! I will continue to work in support of HJR 33 and FULL portability. I intend to lobby and gain support from other House Members to defeat this legislation and hope to gain sufficient votes in the House to save "Save Our Homes".

I will keep you informed of the progress of these bills. I feel that if we make a united effort and strongly voice our objections to committee and House members, pointing out the fallacy of this legislation and the negative tax impact it will have on homestead Floridians, we will prevail, and defeat this legislation. 

Rep. Carl J. Domino

Majority Whip

District 83


Sept. 8, 2006

1.    Attorney General Charlie Crist received the GOP nomination for Governor. In his debate
       with Tom Gallagher he highlighted his support for full portability.
2.    I will testify on October 17th, in Miami, before the Governor's Property Tax Task Force.
       While Gov. Jeb Bush will not be in office for our next session, it will be helpful if the
       Task Force report supports our position.
3.    I have written a letter asking Gov. Bush to include portability should he call for a Special
       Session in October. (copy of letter printed below.)
4.    A coalition of Property Appraisers has initiated a process to modify the current version
       of SOH portability and place it on the ballot via Citizens Initiative. While their version has a
       cap,  it does include statewide portability.
Florida House of Representatives
Representative Carl J. Domino
Majority Whip
District 83
Suite 520                                                                                                              323 The Capitol
3300 PGA Boulevard                                                                                           402 South Monroe Street
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410                                                                           Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Tel: (561) 625-5176                                                                                              Tel: (850) 488-0322
August 31, 2006
The Hon. Governor Jeb Bush
PL 05 The Capitol
400 Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Dear Governor Bush:
I noted in the newspaper the possibility of you calling a Special Session to deal with the insurance crisis. I can assure you that in my district, a responsible solution would be most welcome. I would like to suggest that when such a a session is held, that the call be extended to include property tax reform, in particular Save Our Homes (SOH) portability.
As you will recall, three years ago when I first mentioned this to you, I indicated that I thought it was unfair that citizens are locked into their homes because of the financial disincentives created by high taxes. Also, I mentioned to you at that time, that this fiscally responsible legislation would not eliminate a single dollar which is now collected at the state and local level, and would help inoculate falling home sales against an inevitable weakness in the housing market caused by rising interest rates.
Recent data suggests that the housing market is in very difficult straights. Experts suggest that in the next year, over $1 trillion of low interest ARMS or non-interest paying mortgages will roll over to 3+ higher interest rates, surely causing some foreclosures and putting more products on the market. Housing is estimated to have created 30% of the job growth in the last two years. Clearly, it is a critical industry and in need of some assistance at the moment.
My Portability Bill will clearly increase real estate transactions. Moreover, it may well have the added benefit of providing more affordable homes in counties where $200,000 and $300,000 homes are being kept off the market because the owners, while desiring to move, cannot afford the adverse consequences of higher tax rates.
Since I initially introduced this legislation, it has received favorable bi-partisan support from many legislators. However, a handful of ardent opponents have continued to stop it from being voted on in the full chamber. As you know in last week's debate, Attorney General Charlie Crest stated that he supports the Save Our Homes legislation, which I developed. I have held eight (8) public forums around the state to discuss property tax reform. Portability is generally widely accepted. Among state-wide elected officials, only Fred Brummer, an avowed opponent of the SOH amendment opposed this legislation.
It is clear that there is a division between those who want this legislation restricted to within county moves and those who believe the moves should be state wide. Obviously, I would prefer the latter, but in the legislative process the direction which most citizens support would be what I would propose to be placed on the ballot for consideration as soon as possible.
I thank you for your consideration in this matter and urge you to hesitate no longer in providing relief to the thousands of citizens who are locked in their homes as well as the home builders, real estate agents, mortgage bankers, movers and many other workers who would be positively affected by a significant up-tick in the real estate transactions.
Best regards,



Our portability bill, designated as HJR 23 has already been gathering co-sponsors. HJR 23 will give statewide portability with NO cap.


We are getting a number of calls regarding a "Citizens Petition" for portability. This proposal caps portability at $400,000 and allows

only half the benefit. The effort is based on false figures. The leaders who initiated the "Citizens Petition" previously supported

broader portability.


Although they point out that they have support from some property appraisers, many other appraisers support alternative



I have invited the proponents of portability to meet with me. Gov. Crist specifically supported our bill in his campaign as did

most others seeking public office.


Seeing that portability has such wide spread support, opponents strategy now is to offer so many competing proposals that

none will succeed.


I believe the financial disincentive to living in the home of your dreams should be removed. we have every reason to

believe we will be successful this year.






Representative Carl J. Domino
District 83
Suite 520
3300 PGA Blvd.,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Tel: (561) 625-5176

Carl Domino,  is the state representative for District 83, which encompasses much of North Palm Beach County.  A Republican, he is a graduate of Florida State University, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School .  


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